The Best Games of 2008 Feature: Part One – Shooters

Hello everyone! Well, this article is a bit late, but the facts remain… 2008 was a great year to be a gamer. Whether you enjoy the hardcore shooter or an occasional casual experience, this past year had a lot of fun-packed content ready for your entertainment. Here’s a look at the top shooters of this past year.

1. Resistance 2: United We Fall (PS3)

Resistance 2 is the successor to the wildly popular first game, which was a launch title for the Playstation 3. The game builds on the initial game’s success, bringing back all the original, amazing weaponry, and introducing a lot of new ones, including the Wraith, which is pretty much a big, freaking, machine gun. The stars this time around, yet again, are the weapons, and Insomniac has wasted not one iota of effort into making this game the most comfortable and fun experience. The game may arguably not be as good as the predecessor, with a two gun loadout and not as much strategy. However, with the good single-player campaign and the amazing 60-player multiplayer, this is one shooter for the console that must not be overlooked.

2. Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360)

Gears of War 2 is also a successor to a successful game, Gears of War. Marcus Fenix and co. are back in action as they try to save the world yet again from the Locust Horde. The gameplay is more polished that the first one was, with different ways of using existing weaponry (chainsaw duels!) and powerful new weaponry that satisfies with every hit. The multiplayer this time around has improved, with different modes such as the Horde mode, where you kill wave after wave of Locust. If Resistance 2 is the premier shooter for the PS3, this is the Xbox 360 equivalent.

3. Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360, PC)

Left 4 Dead is a new zombie shooter brought to us by the makers of Half-Life and Counter-Strike, VALVe Software and Turtle Rock Studios. This game is amazing, with 4 player co-op modes and a 4v4 zombies versus humans mode, where you can play as the Hunter, Boomer, Smoker, or Tank. The game encourages as much co-op as possible, where if you don’t stick together, you will die. Quickly. As of now, the game is going strong on the PC front, however, the server system is not very good, and players constantly experience 150-900 ping servers because the game picks a random server for you. Hopefully this issue will get fixed shortly. Another shortcoming is that there is no storyline at all, besides “we have to get to [PLACE] and don’t get killed getting there!” But, in the end, who cares, when the name of the game is killing endless waves of a neverending zombie horde?

4. Call of Duty: World at War (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

The top World War II gaming franchise returns with a new installment of the War to End all Wars. Treyarch has made this title, which is a motley “best of” compilation of all of WWII’s glorious campaigns. The four-player co-op mode is still here, as well as the amazing CoD4 competitive multiplayer, where you level up to unlock weapons and perks. The kill streak bonuses are here as well, 3 kills netting you reconnaissance, 5 kills netting you artillery support, and 7 netting you a pack of rabid attack dogs (sweet.)! There is also an unlockable “Nazi Zombies” mode, where, you guessed it, you kill Nazi zombies. This is an able addition to the franchise that will tide you over until Infinity Ward returns with Call of Duty 5.

And the winner is… Left 4 Dead. This game is revolutionary, encouraging teamwork on both sides of the equation. Playing as a Special Infected is one of the best experiences in gaming, and this game gives it to us. Zombies must work together as well as humans to achieve their respective goals. Although the story is non-existent, who cares when there are this many zombies?


~ by Panzer on January 8, 2009.

One Response to “The Best Games of 2008 Feature: Part One – Shooters”

  1. […] Of 2008’s offerings, L4D pops up in just about every Game of the Year thread there is; and every self-proclaimed expert and their sobriety-challenged blog-buddy has passed judgement on exactly what makes it so special. […]

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